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Thread-like tentacles in the Mediterranean corals Paramuricea clavata and Corallium rubrum
López-González, P.J.; Bramanti, L.; Escribano-Álvarez, P.; Benedetti, M.C.; Martinez-Baraldes, I.; Megina, C. (2018). Thread-like tentacles in the Mediterranean corals Paramuricea clavata and Corallium rubrum. Mediterr. Mar. Sci. 19(2): 394-397. https://dx.doi.org/10.12681/mms.13807
In: Mediterranean Marine Science. National Centre for Marine Research: Athina. ISSN 1108-393X; e-ISSN 1791-6763, more
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Keywords
    Alcyonacea [WoRMS]; Octocorallia [WoRMS]
    Marine/Coastal
Author keywords
    Octocorals; thread-like tentacles; Mediterranean Sea; modified tentacles; gorgonians

Authors  Top | Dataset 
  • López-González, P.J.
  • Bramanti, L.
  • Escribano-Álvarez, P.
  • Benedetti, M.C.
  • Martinez-Baraldes, I.
  • Megina, C.

Abstract
    The occurrence of modified tentacles (i.e. thread-like tentacles) in the Mediterranean octocorals Paramuricea clavata and Corallium rubrum is reported. Colonies of four species of Mediterranean gorgonians were maintained in aquarium conditions for more than 5 months. The development of thread-like tentacles has been observed only in two of the four species. The presence of modified tentacles in other cnidarians has been usually associated with defensive/aggressive behavior. Our observations showed that thread-like tentacles in P. clavata and C. rubrum can also be used for feeding.

Dataset
  • CorMedNet- Distribution and demographic data of habitat-forming invertebrate species from Mediterranean coralligenous assemblages between 1882 and 2019., more

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